Ex-NSA employee said about mass surveillance of the security services at the Olympics in 2002
MOSCOW, 3 Jul — RIA Novosti. Former senior national security Agency U.S. (NSA), Thomas Drake said the NSA and the FBI conducted massive surveillance of all electronic communications during the winter Olympic games in 2002, reports the associated Press.
“The leadership of the NSA and the FBI have considered operation in the framework of the Olympics in salt lake city as the perfect opportunity to unite efforts of the two agencies for the testing and refinement of mass surveillance to a new level”, — quotes Agency the extract from the statement of Drake. He also claimed that he personally saw documents associated with this operation.
Earlier against Drake opened a criminal case on suspicion of divulging confidential information, but later he withdrew most of the charges. In 2011, the court sentenced him to one year of probation.
Reportedly, the statement of the former employee of special services is part of a lawsuit the former mayor of salt lake city rocky Anderson. At the same time, the former head of the CIA and the NSA Michael Hayden denied the existence of such an operation.
According to the Agency, the current head of the operations division of the NSA Wayne Murphy stated that the security services in salt lake city followed only for communications of foreigners, and that at least one of the objects of surveillance were linked with foreign terrorist groups.